Thereare many essential relationships in society but Marriages are highlyesteemed in Egypt. Many parents have it as a responsibility toensure that their children are married off to better marriage life. There are so many factors that influence the choice of one’sspouse, for instance, marriage is a cultural norm in the Egyptiansociety. It is almost impossible for one to contemplate being singleas it is against the ‘prophet’. In a marriage setting, women areexpected to be submissive to their husbands since men are consideredthe heads of households (Hoodfar 74).
Menalso have the right to restrict their wives from working for thatreason men can marry as much as they want. They are allowed tomarry up to four wives as long as they are financially stable and arein a position of meeting each wife’s conjugal rights. Men areconsidered providers of a household failure to fulfill that duty maylead to a divorce. However, women are not entitled to her husband’sshare of wealth during a divorce and may not be given accessibilityto her children in the event of a divorce (Hoodfar 78).
Inmatters of choosing a spouse, many families like the idea of parentalparticipation but with time the tradition is losing weight and inmost cases, women are allowed to oppose a suitor whom they do notprefer. However, not all marriages are based on love. Moremarriages are based on the capability of a man to support his familyand respect his wife. Some marriages are hindered due to class. Majority of people in Egypt will rather marry people of their class. Despite the social differences, both genders have tried to adjusttradition and norms in order to suit their interests (Hoodfar 79).
Hoofar,Homa. Between Marriage and the Market: Intimate Politics and Survivalin Cairo. California: University of California press. 1997. Print